PM Modi taking credit for Ayushman Bharat, says Mamata, Bengal exits scheme

Alleging that the Centre is using the picture of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the official communication of the flagship Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojna to take credit for a jointly-funded project, Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday announced that her government has decided to stop paying the state’s share.

States are supposed to bear 40% of the project cost, while the Centre will foot 60% of the bill.

Described as the world’s largest public health insurance, the Ayushman Bharat – National Health Protection Mission, launched on September 23, provides coverage of up to Rs 5 lakh for 10 crore poor families for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization.

The National Health Authority (NHA), the central body responsible for implementation of the scheme, have been trying to reach out to the West Bengal government but there has been no response.

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